Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

DrillingInfo; FracFocus; Hydraulic Fracturing; Well Completion Trends in the United States


“The hydraulic fracturing designs, drilling, and completion trends are undergoing continuous change as the oil and gas industry pushing the boundaries of the traditional designs to increase wells productivity and meet the energy demand. The lateral length in addition to the amount of proppant and water used in well stimulation have witnessed a paradigm shift over the past few years. The motivation for this work began with a desire to better understand well performance as a function of the type of fracturing fluid treatment applied. An early objective was to compare whether East Texas Cotton Valley wells stimulated with water fracs had better long-term performance than similar wells stimulated with gelled fluids.

This initial work revealed challenges in acquiring sufficient data for the research, which led to the objective of building a new database from publically available information and then using that information to address the research questions. Developing this database required novel methods of determining at least two key parameters not readily available. One parameter was fluid and proppant volumes, as the FracFocus database reports mass percentages. The second parameter was perforated lateral length as a proxy for fracturing stage data, which was not available for this research.

This work resulted in a methodology for combining FracFocus fluid data with DrillingInfo. A dashboard was also developed to facilitate easy analysis with the newly created database. Once the database and dashboard were available, secondary objectives were to identify completion trends in specific shale play areas, such as the Marcellus and Permian Basin, and to apply data analytics to specific shale play areas”--Abstract, page iv.


Dunn-Norman, Shari

Committee Member(s)

Flori, Ralph E.
Wei, Mingzhen
Imqam, Abdulmohsin
Rezaei, Fateme


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2019

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Long-term comparison of gel and water fracture stimulation in Marcellus shale play
  • Production performance estimation from stimulation and completion parameters using machine learning approach in the Marcellus shale
  • Review of stimulation and completion activities and trends in the United States shale plays: Permian Basin case study
  • Short and long-term productivity comparison of hydraulic fracturing fluid systems in east Texas cotton valley formation
  • Descriptive data analytics to investigate stimulation and completion trends in the United States: How proppant and water utilization have changes over time?
  • Descriptive data analytics for the stimulation, completion activities, and well’s productivity in the Marcellus shale play
  • Production performance evaluation from stimulation and completion parameters in the Permian Basin: Data mining approach
  • From data collection to data analytics: How to successfully extract useful information from big data in the oil and gas industry?


xxvii, 284 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11866

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